The table below looks at the statistics for MOS in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MOS over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 826 830 856
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +26
Permanent jobs citing MOS 78 49 52
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.045% 0.045%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.25% 0.17% 0.16%
Number of salaries quoted 72 34 46
Average salary £30,000 £30,500 £40,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-1.63% -24.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £22,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £40,800 £39,500 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £29,000 £24,000 £38,250
% change year-on-year
+20.83% -37.25%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
30936 29020 33232
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.19% 26.82% 28.91%
Number of salaries quoted 24445 23647 27646
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MOS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MOS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MOS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MOS within the UK.

MOS Salary Trend in the UK

MOS
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MOS over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 within the UK.

MOS Salary Histogram in the UK

MOS
Top 23 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +15 76 £30,000 -1.63% 3
London -4 31 £37,500 +3.44% 2
South East - 21 £27,750 -
East Midlands +8 15 £27,500 - 1
Northamptonshire - 15 £27,500 - 1
Surrey - 14 £36,750 -
Northampton - 12 £29,000 - 1
City of London +9 10 £33,000 -8.33% 1
Basingstoke - 7 £27,500 -
Hampshire - 7 £27,500 -
Reigate - 5 £23,000 -
North West -8 4 £28,000 -
Weybridge - 4 £38,500 -
Manchester - 4 £28,000 -
Cambridge -5 3 £29,000 -9.37%
Cambridgeshire -6 3 £29,000 -9.37%
East of England -26 3 £29,000 +20.83%
Yorkshire -27 2 £30,000 +20.00%
West Yorkshire -31 2 £30,000 +20.00%
Leeds -35 2 £30,000 +20.00%
Kent - 1 £60,000 -
Glasgow - 1 £24,000 -
Scotland - 1 £24,000 -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MOS.

1 75 (61.48%) MS Office
2 69 (56.56%) ITIL
3 68 (55.74%) Windows
4 57 (46.72%) Microsoft
5 49 (40.16%) Law
6 46 (37.70%) MCP
6 46 (37.70%) MS Excel
6 46 (37.70%) Windows 7
7 31 (25.41%) Microsoft Certification
8 28 (22.95%) Active Directory
8 28 (22.95%) SLA
9 25 (20.49%) MCSA
10 22 (18.03%) TCP/IP
10 22 (18.03%) Apple
11 21 (17.21%) Legal
11 21 (17.21%) MS Exchange
11 21 (17.21%) Crystal Reports
12 20 (16.39%) Analytical Skills
13 19 (15.57%) Service Desk Management
13 19 (15.57%) SharePoint
13 19 (15.57%) Blackberry
14 18 (14.75%) Service Delivery
14 18 (14.75%) MCSE
14 18 (14.75%) HND
14 18 (14.75%) Citrix
15 17 (13.93%) Windows XP
15 17 (13.93%) MS PowerPoint
16 16 (13.11%) DHCP
17 15 (12.30%) Lync
18 14 (11.48%) ITIL V3

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MOS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 21 (17.21%) MS Exchange
2 19 (15.57%) SharePoint
3 15 (12.30%) Lync
4 9 (7.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 8 (6.56%) WorkSite
6 6 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (4.10%) Moodle
8 4 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.82%) CMS
Applications
1 75 (61.48%) MS Office
2 46 (37.70%) MS Excel
3 17 (13.93%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (7.38%) Adobe Captivate
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.92%) Office 365
2 1 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 22 (18.03%) TCP/IP
2 16 (13.11%) DHCP
3 11 (9.02%) VPN
3 11 (9.02%) WAN
3 11 (9.02%) LAN
4 10 (8.20%) Ethernet
5 9 (7.38%) DNS
5 9 (7.38%) VoIP
6 8 (6.56%) Internet
7 7 (5.74%) Firewall
8 6 (4.92%) Cisco ASA
8 6 (4.92%) FWSM
8 6 (4.92%) ADSL
9 4 (3.28%) NAS
9 4 (3.28%) iSCSI
9 4 (3.28%) Unified Communications
9 4 (3.28%) Broadband
10 2 (1.64%) SHDSL
10 2 (1.64%) BGP
10 2 (1.64%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.21%) Crystal Reports
2 6 (4.92%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.10%) MySQL
General
1 49 (40.16%) Law
2 21 (17.21%) Legal
3 14 (11.48%) Finance
4 11 (9.02%) Telecoms
5 8 (6.56%) Banking
6 1 (0.82%) Front Office
6 1 (0.82%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 50 (40.98%) Analyst
2 37 (30.33%) Support Analyst
3 35 (28.69%) Trainer
4 31 (25.41%) IT Trainer
5 26 (21.31%) Team Leader
6 23 (18.85%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 22 (18.03%) Service Desk Analyst
7 22 (18.03%) Service Analyst
8 13 (10.66%) Desktop Support
8 13 (10.66%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 13 (10.66%) Desktop Analyst
9 7 (5.74%) Help Desk Analyst
10 6 (4.92%) Support Engineer
10 6 (4.92%) Technical Support
10 6 (4.92%) Technical Support Analyst
10 6 (4.92%) Technical Analyst
11 5 (4.10%) Applications Support
12 4 (3.28%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 4 (3.28%) 2nd Line Support
12 4 (3.28%) Windows Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.64%) HTML
1 2 (1.64%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.39%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (15.57%) Blackberry
3 14 (11.48%) E-Learning
4 12 (9.84%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (2.46%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.46%) Life Science
5 3 (2.46%) CMDB
5 3 (2.46%) CCTV
6 2 (1.64%) Statistics
6 2 (1.64%) iPhone
6 2 (1.64%) iPad
6 2 (1.64%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.64%) AS400
6 2 (1.64%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.82%) NHS
7 1 (0.82%) VLE
7 1 (0.82%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 68 (55.74%) Windows
2 46 (37.70%) Windows 7
3 17 (13.93%) Windows XP
4 10 (8.20%) UNIX
4 10 (8.20%) Linux
5 6 (4.92%) Mac OS X
6 5 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (3.28%) Windows Vista
7 4 (3.28%) Windows 8
7 4 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (56.56%) ITIL
2 19 (15.57%) Service Desk Management
3 18 (14.75%) Service Delivery
4 14 (11.48%) ITIL V3
5 10 (8.20%) Asset Management
6 6 (4.92%) Incident Management
6 6 (4.92%) Network Monitoring
6 6 (4.92%) Coaching
6 6 (4.92%) CRM
7 5 (4.10%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (3.28%) Performance Management
8 4 (3.28%) Document Management
8 4 (3.28%) Software Deployment
8 4 (3.28%) Service Management
9 3 (2.46%) Validation
10 2 (1.64%) Business Development
10 2 (1.64%) Performance Improvement
10 2 (1.64%) People Management
10 2 (1.64%) Configuration Management
10 2 (1.64%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (7.38%) PowerShell
2 8 (6.56%) SQL
3 6 (4.92%) C
4 2 (1.64%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.82%) Perl
5 1 (0.82%) Korn
Qualifications
1 46 (37.70%) MCP
2 31 (25.41%) Microsoft Certification
3 25 (20.49%) MCSA
4 18 (14.75%) MCSE
4 18 (14.75%) HND
5 9 (7.38%) Network+ Certification
6 7 (5.74%) A+ Certification
6 7 (5.74%) Degree
7 6 (4.92%) CCNA
7 6 (4.92%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (3.28%) ECDL
8 4 (3.28%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (2.46%) MCDST
10 2 (1.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.82%) MCT
11 1 (0.82%) OCA
11 1 (0.82%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.82%) MCTS
11 1 (0.82%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (22.95%) SLA
2 13 (10.66%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 28 (22.95%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.28%) XenApp
2 4 (3.28%) Firmware
3 3 (2.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.82%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (5.74%) SCCM
2 4 (3.28%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 4 (3.28%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 57 (46.72%) Microsoft
2 22 (18.03%) Apple
3 18 (14.75%) Citrix
4 12 (9.84%) Cisco
4 12 (9.84%) F5
5 11 (9.02%) Reuters
6 10 (8.20%) Sophos
6 10 (8.20%) Bloomberg
6 10 (8.20%) CheckPoint
7 9 (7.38%) Adobe
7 9 (7.38%) HP
7 9 (7.38%) Remedy
8 7 (5.74%) BMC
9 6 (4.92%) SolarWinds
9 6 (4.92%) Juniper
9 6 (4.92%) Oracle
10 5 (4.10%) BT
10 5 (4.10%) Barracuda Networks
11 4 (3.28%) Symantec
11 4 (3.28%) Nokia
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